However eager people recovering from serious brain injury may be to resume their lives, experts caution not returning to work too soon. Integration after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be a challenging time – unexpected difficulties and challenges usually arise. Although, it’s an important goal to work towards, since supporting oneself can enhance feelings of self-worth.

It’s good to keep in mind that the injured person’s expectations for themselves may be too high, as well as their expectations about others.

Expectations for self

Returning to one’s old job too soon may overburden the person with too many demands and cause anxiety. Having to rush or respond to time pressures can be stressful; having to focus on and process a lot of information can also be difficult. The person must be honest about the limitations and come ready to work with colleagues to find ways around them, if possible.

Expectations for others

Some employers may be able to make the accommodations to help facilitate recovery.
There are techniques the person can develop, with the cooperation of others – these include:

  • meeting with people one on one instead of in groups,
  • asking for requests in writing,
  • having a quiet place to close out noise and distractions
  • posting routine procedures on the wall

Even with legal protections for the disabled, real integration may simply not be possible. Some employers may not be able to accommodate the person’s new limitations. Where they can, it’s also likely that most co-workers won’t have the skills to respond and help like the person’s caregivers and family members have learned. The transition can be helped by hiring a “job coach” to work with the person until job routines can be stabilized.

Success in employment can often be found through persistence. The same job or even type of work after a traumatic brain injury may no longer be possible; however, different jobs may be available that suit the person’s needs. Vocational testing can be used to assess and identify other strengths and abilities.

Personal satisfaction comes from doing a job well, so you may need to modify the job you’re doing so that you can succeed at it.

How A Virginia Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help

Are you experiencing a hard time getting back to work, or cannot work at all, after being a victim of an accident or medical malpractice? While no settlement or court decision can change what has happened to you, a lawsuit can help ease the financial strain. Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) lawyer if you wish to seek out your legal options. Richard Serpe will fight to secure fair compensation for you and your family. Schedule a free consultation to talk about your legal rights.

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